Hundreds of miles from the epicenter of "deflategate," it's still business as usual at the Wilson Football Factory, located in the small town of Ada, Ohio.
More than 130 workers are tirelessly cutting, stitching, lacing and sewing 3,000 footballs per day and preparing for their biggest day of the year—Super Bowl XLIX—when the fruits of their labor take the world stage.
"My proudest moment every year is when they kick that Super Bowl off. The focus on that ball being kicked off, and to know that football came from Ada, Ohio, and it was made by our people is just a great feeling," said Dan Riegle, Wilson Football plant manager.
The Wilson factory is a rare sight in an era of automation and outsourcing. Located 70 miles from Toledo, Ohio, the Ada factory was opened in the 1930s by the Ohio-Kentucky Manufacturing Co. The firm produced footballs, baseball gloves and boxing gloves. In 1955, Wilson purchased the company and decided to focus solely on footballs.